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Route 6A (The Old King's Highway)

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Address: Sandwich, MA
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Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way...

Route 6A, which is on the northern, or bay side, of Cape Cod, winds its way through some of the oldest villages in America, including Bourne, Sandwich, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster and Orleans. Many of the homes and churches along this tree-shaded road are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.If you are interested in seeing what Cape Cod looked like before tourists discovered it, and want to visit some of the best quaint, little shops in New England, Route 6A is the place to be.

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Very Quaint

A very quaint route if you want a bit of New at gland rather than the Highway. Lots of little towns and antique type places to enjoy on your way to Provincetown.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
KiplingsMom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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335 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A very quaint route if you want a bit of New at gland rather than the Highway. Lots of little towns and antique type places to enjoy on your way to Provincetown.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If your not in a hurry to get to Provincetown and you want to get off the highway (route 6) this is an enjoyable ride. There are lots of little antique shops to stop in along the way. It's a rural country road and the towns we passed through along the way looked sort of old fashioned in a sense,... More 

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Thank Michelle F
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Heavy traffic at times ,plan trip around holidays and weekends. Bridges back up for 10-20 miles on Fridays and Sundays /Early Mondays. Nice new pavement. Beautiful views.

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Thank Terri E
Brevard County, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bring the binoculars. Very scenic & pleasant drive along the cape. Slow down, enjoy the view, landscape, and architecture style of the homes.

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Thank Rita S
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is really the only way to travel the length of Cape Cod. It is a find highway except during peak times of day, week, and year. If you can, avoid summe weekend, but even if you can't it is not too bad and much better than any of the side roads. Moreover, the places it will take you are... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove 6A from Sandwich to Provincetown - driving through all the small historic towns and villages. It was delightful driving through Barnstable, Yarmouth and Dennis. Lots of small shops and restaurants along the way.

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Thank deborahw20152015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you can, drive along 6a instead of rt 6. It has tons of little shops and you will get to see all the downtown areas of each town you go thru.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Take your time when taking this road, it takes you through cute little towns like Dennis, Brewster and Sandwich. It's absolutely worth the detour to get a good idea of real life on the Cape. Don't try to hurry, traffic is easy going here.

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Hudson, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stay on the 6A if you have the time to really explore cape cod. It takes longer and the speed limit is lower but there is always something to discover.

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Osterville, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

If you are heading down Cape and wish to get off Route 6, take a meandering drive down the 6A. You will pass beautiful homes, lush landscapes and take in the scenery and ocean. It is a two lane road that often drives no faster than 35 mph, but it is so worth it. I think you will really love... More 

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